"No. My ministry would xpel me if I were ever Eyed in an untermensch slum."

The Eyes in An Orison are powerfully reminiscent of the constant system of surveillance operated by the state in Nineteen Eighty-Four, in which citizens are monitored not only for seditious action but for the slightest hint of seditious thinking. Mitchell's Huamdonggil is the equivalent of the proletariat neighbourhood depicted in Orwell's novel: both 'underworlds' are visited surreptitiously by members of the upper echelons hoping to escape surveillance and indulge in sinful pleasure. Further, both Sonmi~451 and Winston travel deep into the countryside to evade detection. Note how the Eyes and Big Brother are personifying terms, thus giving the sinister impression to its citizens that the surveillance technology is a bodily incarnation of the state.